[LETTERS TO THE EDITOR]Children and trafficKorea is the leading country among the members of the OECD in the number of traffic deaths involving children. On Tuesday, a five-year-old child died in a traffic accident when she was hit by a bus from which she had just disembarked.
How many more victims do we need to bring about a real change in our legal system? According to the police, last year there were 19,266 traffic accidents involving elementary school or preschool children. That was an increase of 13 percent over last year, when 338 children died.
In foreign countries, there are special traffic rules regarding school buses. Cars have to stop when they unload. Many buses also have special devices. We have to educate our school bus drivers and those from any company that shuttles children around. While the police should be responsible for that, we have to make this into a law as well.
by Kim Gyeong-wu